We Made Our Own Polishes!! Hugely Picture Heavy Post.

Whoop! This is so exciting. My mother and I managed to get hold of some suspension base, and glitters, pigments, micas, dyes. And. We. Went. To. Town.

It was so much fun, setting up testers, finding out what worked and what didn’t, jumping around in excitement when we took the polishes with holographic shimmers and glitters outside into the sunshine. (hah, what am I saying? Almost all of them had some type of holo shimmer, glitter, or Spectraflair!). These are the four we liked the best – two from each of our tests. We made two bottles of each colour, one bottle for each of us ๐Ÿ˜€ So, very picture heavy post!

Green Opal. Two thick coats on it’s own. It’s sheer, and subtle, but very pretty with the green shimmer and holo glitters.

Two coats – indirect light. Sorry about the yellow nails, that’s me not the polish! Wear base coats with green polish, people.

Slow dry time, esp without top coat.

Under light – shows the green pearl sheen nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

One coat of Green Opal over One coat of Kleancolor White (which was streaky in every layering mani, self-levels like a one-legged tripod. Sigh.)

Two coats of Green Opal over White. very pretty, still very subtle – but hides the streaks in the white, nicely.

One thick coat of Green Opal over Kleancolor Black. WOW, look at that change!

Full hand photo, to show what it looks like at arms length ๐Ÿ™‚

Because our hands are, most often, at arms length, right?!

Then, to see what these did over a variety of colours: one coat of each of these.

from left to right: Cairuo 22, Color Club Yum Gum, Kleancolor Sea Ice, Mode Say Cheese.

One coat of Green Opal over all of the above.

Topper. Like the name? We suck at names.

This was made to be a linear holographic top coat that won’t interfere too much with the colour underneath. Yeah, yeah, done a million times, right? So, add flakies… which tend to pop out in the shade, whereas the holo rainbows dance in the sun. Versatility! Something for every light ๐Ÿ™‚
One coat over bare nail… eek. Sorry. Just to show you how sheer it is, and yet still holo and flakie (though the one flake on that nail has disappeared in the vague light).

Look, I said I was sorry, ok?! Just look at the rainbow! ๐Ÿ˜€

One coat of Kleancolor White, two coats of Topper. This looks pale silver and speckled with the occasional iridescent flake in the shade…

Click to enlarge to see the flakies in this indirect light photo ๐Ÿ™‚

and holo in the sun. Moderately quick dry too, thanks to the Spectraflair holographic!

Sunlight wasn’t available. This is kitchen light. Still has rainbows… what does it MEAN?! ๐Ÿ˜€

One coat of Topper over one coat of Kleancolor Black. Really, really, liked this. in the shade it shows the flakes…

Light to show the rainbow…

And blurry to show ALL THE RAINBOW! Wheee!

One coat of Topper over the same skittles as previous.

Nebula: This is another sheer polish, more sheer than Green Opal. Two coats here, just adds a wash of purple and holo silver glitter to the nails. Quite slow drying, no top coat. Obviously, with a quick dry top coat this would be smoother, and dry, well, quicker :). Two coats indirect light:

In the kitchen light:

One coat of Nebula over one coat of Kleancolour White:

Two coats Nebula over White: Very delicate and pretty lilac with the silver holo glitter. This would need a top coat in real life ๐Ÿ™‚

One thick coat of Nebula over Kleancolor Black: Look at the rich BLUE!

Love the extremeย colour changeย of this and Green Opal, it really adds versatility, which I’m a BIG fan of in nail polish, and in life ๐Ÿ˜€

Over the same skittles as before:

Interesting result, huh? And isn’t it super ugly over the yellow? We do these tests so you don’t have to ๐Ÿ˜‰

And Purple Velvet. Misnamed, like them all, I think. This is blue AND purple, but not blurple. The colours take turns, its a little duochrome-ish. This is two coats on it’s own, no undies, no top coat.

Indirect light

Excuse the mess, I was a leetle tired by this stage, and missing spots during cleanup.

Kitchen light, two coats:

And three coats on its own, no undies, no top coat.

Indirect sunlight

Whole hand photo


Again, this is designed to have an effect in every light (except no light, it doesn’t glow,ย  though that’d be fun!).

Kitchen light, shows the shine nicely here

It has a purple flick in the shade, and the flakies show. In the light the scattered holo shimmer shows, and also a varied purple/red/blue shimmer.

And now it’s purple…

And under a yellow light, which shows the inky depth of it quite nicely…

Strangely enough, although its not colour accurate for my fingers, it’s pretty accurate for the polish in that lighting ๐Ÿ™‚

This is very shiny without topcoat, and dries average – fast.

We had aย tiny spotย of real sunshine this morning, so I took a photo of my least battered fingernailsย to see if I could get that holo shimmer dancing:

Back to blue! ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you think of our polishes? Be honest, but please be nice!

Have an awesome creative day
Ami ๐Ÿ™‚


Posted on November 13, 2012, in Sight and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I love Green Opal, Nebula and Velvet – great job!

  2. These are absolutely stunning!

  3. Omgosh! I want to roll around in them ๐Ÿ˜€ Where oh where did you get the supplies? :O

    • hehehe we pretty much did. Got all high off the fumes, even in a well ventilated area, covered in glitter, and cackling like mad monkeys. Can’t wait to do it again! Um, most of them we got off the internet, some through probably pretty sneaky channels. If you want, I’d recommend checking out Etsy, some are even shipping the suspension base now. That’s where we’ll go next time, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Looks awesome!!! Nebula obviously my fave! Squeal!!! PURPLE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job!!

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